Lomelda | Interstate Visions

I had a whole list of artists I was going to cover this week but, alas, I got distracted. It’s easy to let things slide when this isn’t your primary profession and is squeezed in with work, play, talking to my girlfriend and eating enough to not starve.

So, to make up for it, I’ll be covering two tracks today in two separate posts. Opening the batting is Lomelda‘s new single Interstate Visions taken from the upcoming album Thx which is due to be released September 8th on Double Double Whammy.

Interstate Visions as a track reminds me of some romantic former country kid, harnessing that hope and naivety after a moment of melancholy in their post-urban adventure. Lomelda channels bands like Speedy Ortiz along in their climbing, meandering structures in which guitars ebb and flow like the road beneath your car’s tyres and singer Hannah Read’s refrain opens up the rawness of an open road.

I like it.

Japanese Breakfast | Boyish

What’s uppppppp? It’s election day here, which means I am filled with despair, dread, hope and judgement. To quell the terrified voice that pervades in the back of my head telling me that contemporary politics is going down the toilet quicker than a used condom, I bring you Japanese Breakfast’s new single “Boyish”

Taken from the upcoming LP Soft Sounds From Another Planet, “Boyish” rides over you like a laconic tidal wave. Surrendering you to the depths of the ocean underneath a weight of beautiful melancholy, the track has a gravitational sweep that almost makes you feel that you’re being pulled towards the centre of the earth as opposed to forced under. Whilst surrendering yourself to the fate you can see the waking world through the crystal clear water as synths and a wonderfully measured vocal line narrates your drowning montage.

Following up her first single from the upcoming release “The Machinist,” Japanese Breakfast continues to create a mature minimal sound that gets caught into that wonderful paradox of hopeful melancholy.

Japanese Breakfasts album Soft Sounds From Another Planet is out Juley 14th 2017 on Dead Oceans.

6/7 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
6/9 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
6/10 – Austin, TX @ The Parish *
6/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
6/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
6/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *
6/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
6/17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
6/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
6/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
6/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
6/22 – Portland, OR @ Holocene *
6/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
6/25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
6/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
6/28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
6/29 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness *
6/30 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
7/1 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
7/2 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
7/4 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB *
7/5 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
7/6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
7/7 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
7/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool ~
7/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium ^
7/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
7/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
7/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
8/2 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater ^
10/23 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
11/2 – Brighton, GB @ The Joker
11/6 – Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
11/7 – London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ (Sandy) Alex G & Cende
^ w/ Tegan & Sara
~ Free Record Release Show w/ Yohuna (Starts at 2PM)

Low Chimes | Sleepwalking

Press releases are hard. So many come into my inbox but, due to having a full-time job and a desire to spend my free time playing Pokemon, many go unanswered or even ignored. It’s not that I don’t care it’s just that you get so many. You guys are all so PR savvy these days! So, when I do make an attempt to foray into the mess that is my inbox, finding something as good as Low Chimes’ debut Sleepwalking is instantly gratifying and makes me wonder why I don’t make the effort more often.

This debut has the perfect opening. An irresistible guitar tone, the kind I attempt to find whenever I’m playing my own, begins a repetitive groove that becomes the lynchpin riff that singer Marianne Parrish begins to croon over with just enough variation to jar at just the right time. Like a surprise chilli kick in the perfect curry. The track is understandably moody as exploring an empathetic relationship with a former lover moves into existential questions. The single will be released April 14th, but if you can’t wait then catch them on the tour dates below.

Headline tour dates: 

April 6th // The Whiskey Jar / Manchester
April 8th // The Slaughtered Lamb / London
April 9th // The Prince Albert / Stroud
April 10th // The Bodega / Nottingham
April 11th // The Tin / Coventry
April 15th // The Art House / Southampton

Supporting Sam Brookes:

April 24th // The Hope & Ruin / Brighton
April 25th // The Borderline / London
April 26th // Zephyr Lounge / Leamington Spa
April 27th // Band on the Wall / Manchester
April 28th // Ramsgate Music Hall / Ramsgate
April 30th // Mama Roux’s / Birmingham
May 2nd // Gwdihŵ Café Bar / Cardiff
May 3rd // Thekla / Bristol
May 5th // The Cluny 2 / Newcastle Upon Tyne
May 6th // The Hug and Pint / Glasgow
May 7th // The Crescent / York
May 8th // The Cellar / Oxford
May 9th // The Portland Arms / Cambridge

Donovan Woods | Big Plans

Okay so this is a bit pop hit for me but I really can’t bring myself not to get into Donovan Woods, plus the sun is out and I really could do with some non-offensive cobweb summer tunes to make my walk from my dingy flat to the studio more entertaining. I first got into monsieur Woods watching him play Sask live and never really let myself get over that track. This is nothing like that level but a nice tune for a Monday morning. Keep your eyes peeled for some new Woods tracks in the following weeks. I should be doing more research but right now I’m ankle deep in academic shit storms.

Rhodes | Close Your Eyes

Howdy. How’s it going? Ridiculous question really as this is a blog post and there’s no way you can respond and even if you did my email inbox would be full of details of what you did on a Friday. As lovely as that would be perhaps it would be better to ignore that question. I’m sharing Rhodes with you again, for what feels like the 11th time. Having seen him play back in October I’ve been well excited for the upcoming LP since he mentioned it between songs and dealing with a monumentally irritating drunk spectator. “Close Your Eyes” is the first track to drop from ahead of the new album and continues Rhodes’ tradition of epic sweeping soundscapes with pitch perfect vocals that carry you through the all-too-short track. Perfect for wetting the appetite ahead of the full LP release.

Wilderness | Tomorrow Will Be Different

As soon as the sun makes it much awaited pilgrimage to Scotland for an annual hour of yearly sunshine I get inevitably excited for the summer and start to listen to music that solely ignites the ideas of day drinking in the sun and smoking until the final hour of daylight. This track by Wilderness, available on the EP “This World Is Not Ours” out tomorrow (April 24th), is an excellent example of guitar driven, hook-laden indiepop that perfectly supplements my continued ability to waste away these beautiful days.

Death Cab For Cutie | No Room In Frame

I know this is naughty as just a few weeks ago I played the first Death Cab track off the new album and, considering that I’ve long since outgrown DCFC as narrators of my personal lifestyle, I no longer consider Death Cab that relevant means it’s slightly odd for me to be playing their album opener “No Room In Frame” here. My big reason for doing this is, and I can’t express this enough, my enormous disappointment with “Codes & Keys” in 2011. I know I was clouded by nostalgia, and bands inevitable move on and change, but the gradual move away from the era of “Army Corps of Architects” was becoming a chasm between a band I loved and a band that I wanted to like. The reason this is exciting me to the degree this way is due to it actually exciting me about what DCFC are up to again and reinvigorating my interest in a band that had, perhaps not started to wane just fall out of my own personal radar (and it is personal). Although we’ll never have a rehash of our favourite album from any said artist (and that would be awful) it does at least signal a move back into a direction that I can ride and enjoy. I may be a sellout but Ive having a fucking dandy time doing it so sue me?

Hayden | Nowhere We Cannot Go

So it’s been a little while as I’ve just been insanely busy trying to motivate myself to make artwork and I’ve neglected my ear beer position as when I’m stressed the first thing I revert to is Led Zeppelin records. Now I’m exiting my overt stress as I was perfectly saved by the announcement that after just 2 years, Hayden is back with a new record “Hey Love” slated for release on March 25th with Arts and Crafts records. Hayden is like ice cream for the mind, it’s smooth and entirely pleasing with echoes of future repercussions. Although the metaphor certainly doesn’t extend to chronic obesity.